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Legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to see the oldest human paintings ever discovered.
In 1994, a group of scientists discovered a cave in Southern France containing the earliest known human paintings – some of them over 32,000 years old.
Knowing the cultural significance that the Chauvet Cave holds, the French government immediately cut off all access to it, save for a few archaeologists and paleontologists. But documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog was given special limited access to record the inside of the cave, to show to the world.
Filming “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” was an arduous task. Certain lights could potentially damage the paintings, and the levels of radon and carbon dioxide in the cave were potentially toxic. Herzog and his two crew were given six days to shoot inside the caves, for only four hours each day. Shooting was even further complicated when Herzog decided that to do that cave justice, the film had to be shot in 3D, necessitating custom-built 3D cameras.
The result is a powerful and beautiful film, with Herzog encouraging us to remember the dreams and thoughts of our most distant ancestors. “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” was acclaimed worldwide, and won nine awards.